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I wasted my money on this so you don't have to.
on 25 May 2017
I have had this for six months now. The loading of courses onto the computer is needlessly arcane. Garmin are like Apple, they want to own you and everything you do. You have to mess around for ages trying to get the right part of Garmin's map making facilities (Garmin Connect, Create course- the click-ons are not properly sequenced on the screen) then save, but if you are looking at the lower part of the screen the naming and saving bit have disappeared upwards on a laptop. The save to my touring now doesn't work as the screen alternately says that it is having trouble communicating with its servers or that I don't have the privileges to view the course I've just made!
I tried saving a TCX file to the unit from Garmin Express, it seemed to have got there, but was not accessible.
If you want to check how things have got on, you have to disconnect from your PC and turn the unit on again, wait for all the loading stuff to happen, then go through the menu, only to find the thing has refused to accept what you want to put on!
What is wrong with having a screen for your unit and a second with the mapping tools, when you've done the plan, drag and drop. Simple! But no, you've spend your cash on their kit, now they want your blood as well, and extra money for those "little" things like turn warnings. On Garmin Express, they even say that some of the things they want you to pay for are already there on a Mio Cyclo! I've borrowed one of those but it was also a bit odd with the way you route planned, but you owned it not the other way round. I wanted a touring computer, so I could do a 100 mile cross country route that was pre-planned by me and not a self absorbed piece of narcissism for mirror starers who want to see that extra bit of ripped muscle every time they have been round the same damn course they've done before. I don't need to compare with my previous performance for God's sake, I'm touring, I don't do the same route twice!
I think I may just ditch this rotten piece of plastic and go for the competition instead.